For the second week in a row, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was No. 1 in movie digital sales and rentals from to April 4 to April 10, 2016, according to comScore. The list includes Internet Video on Demand (iVOD) and Electronic Sell-Through (EST), for both Standard-Definition and Digital HD movie purchases and rentals. (Rentrak’s chart for movies on demand is a chart that ranks movies rented through traditional TV outlets.) In the blockbuster sci-fi sequel “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (directed by J.J. Abrams), it is 30 years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, and the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn (played by John Boyega) crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (played by Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (played by Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also stars Carrie Fisher, reprising her role as the heroic Leia. Other cast members include Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, a Resistance X-wing fighter pilot; Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, a commander of the First Order’s Starkiller Base; Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, an officer in the First Order; and Lupita Nyong’o, voicing the CGI character Maz Kanata, the operator of a cantina. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was a critically acclaimed, major blockbuster at the box office.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” held steady at No. 2. Realizing the stakes are no longer just for survival, Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) teams up with her closest friends, including Peeta (played by Josh Hutcherson), Gale (played by Liam Hemsworth) and Finnick for the ultimate mission. Together, they leave District 13 to liberate the citizens of war-torn Panem and assassinate President Snow, who’s obsessed with destroying Katniss. What lies ahead are mortal traps, dangerous enemies and moral choices that will ultimately determine the future of millions. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” got mixed reviews from critics but was a major blockbuster at the box office.
“Daddy’s Home” remained at No. 3. “Daddy’s Home” follows a mild-mannered radio executive (played by Will Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (played by Mark Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids. Also starring Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church and Hannibal Buress. “Daddy’s Home” was not well-received by critics, but the movie was a hit with cinema audiences.
“The Big Short” rose from No. 5 to No. 4. When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis, and directed by Adam McKay, “The Big Short” stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. “The Big Short” won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie was a hit with critics and cinema audiences.
“The Revenant” dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 Inspired by true events, “The Revenant” is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (played by Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. “The Revenant” is directed and co-written by Academy Award winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The film, which was a major hit with critics and movie audiences, won three Oscars: Best Actor (for DiCaprio), Best Director and Best Cinematography.
Here are the Top 5 movie digital sales and rentals for the week of April 4 to April 10, 2016:
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (No. 1 in the previous week)
2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (No. 2 in the previous week)
3. Daddy’s Home (No. 3 in the previous week)
4. The Big Short (No. 5 in the previous week)
5. The Revenant (No. 4 in the previous week)